CoPilot FAQ

What DJI drones will the CoPilot support?

CoPilot Basic currently supports the DJI Phantom 3 Standard, Advanced, Professional, Phantom 4, and Inspire.

*For the Phantom 4, you will need to put the controller in P mode before launching, instead of F mode, in order for CoPilot to work optimally.

What firmware is required to use the CoPilot app?

Users of CoPilot v1.2 and higher must have their hardware loaded with the latest public firmware. Information on how to download and install this firmware can be found in the CoPilot Installation Guide. Anyone with older versions of CoPilot must have developer firmware, or update the application.

What devices does the CoPilot support?

CoPilot will only support iPad 2, 3, 4, Pro, Air, or Mini running iOS 9, due to limitations with the 3D mapping interface. 

How do I use CoPilot?

CoPilot is similar to setting keyframes in digital animation. The main 3D viewer is what your aircraft sees when you save that keyframe. Pick several keyframes to define a 3D path that passes through those points. When ready, simply launch and CoPilot handles the rest. Check out the CoPilot User Manual for a full set of instructions or check out the CoPilot Basic Tutorial Video on Youtube.

*For the Phantom 4, you will need to put the controller in P mode before launching, instead of F mode, in order for CoPilot to work optimally.

Do I need an internet connection to use CoPilot?

CoPilot Basic does require an internet connection to create missions, but not to launch missions. This means that if you only have a wifi enabled device, you can create missions when you have wifi and cache the maps, so that you can use them later. If you have data, then you’re all set, just be sure to turn on data and location services when launching your mission.

To cache maps, navigate to the area you would like to fly, drag the map around to make sure you cover the entire area you are interested in, and zoom in and out. That’s all there is to it.

Will CoPilot work in my area?

CoPilot Basic is limited by Apple 3D Maps which primarily has 3D data in large metropolitan areas. You can check out Apple’s 3D Flyover Cities to see if your city is on the list or you can check the area you would like to fly in your Apple Maps App (see how here). Even if your area does not have 3D data, CoPilot will still work with 2D maps, allowing you to set keyframes and launch the mission. Check out the CoPilot 2D Overview video to find our more. Just be sure to launch in Camera mode so that you can control the camera view in real-time during flight.

How do I regain manual control?

You can regain manual control of your aircraft by switching into “P” mode on the controller or selecting “abort mission” in the app. Note that “abort mission” only works while your aircraft is not automatically returning to home, while “P” mode works all of the time.

*For the Phantom 4, you will need to toggle out and back into P mode to regain manual control.

Can I fly without the DJI controller and just use CoPilot?

No. Your iOS device must be connected to the main controller to use CoPilot, but you may setup a mission before you launch without being connect to the controller or aircraft. Just be sure to connect both of them before launching.

Will CoPilot avoid obstacles?

Not autonomously. When planning a CoPilot mission in 3D you can see all of the obstacles (Buildings, Structures, Terrain, and Vegetation) for which Apple Maps has data. By avoiding these obstacles when creating your flight plan, you have designed a mission that will avoid 80% of all possible obstacles. However, birds, cranes, power lines, overgrown plants, and new builds will not be represented in your mission preview and CoPilot has no way of sensing and avoiding obstacles while in flight.

Why can’t I zoom closer to the ground or see the horizon?

Apple Maps Flyover feature is limited to altitudes greater than 75ft at max pitch (-18 degrees) and 235ft when looking straight down (-90 degrees). We are working with apple to support a greater range of altitudes and pitches.

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